Thanks to the generous support of the 12 x 12 community, the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge offers scholarships to picture book writers to cover membership tuition. We are in the midst of our funding drive now, hoping to provide a total of six scholarships. Donations in ALL amounts help! Thank you.

GOAL = $3,700

Tuition + PB Submissions System (6) - $3,700
Tuition for 6 Scholarships - $1,960
Tuition for 4 Scholarships - $1,300

Three* scholarships will be awarded in each of the following two categories:

1. Financial Need

2. Authors of Diverse Ethnic, Cultural, and/or other backgrounds underrepresented in the canon of children’s picture book literature (American Indian, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Middle Eastern or Muslim, Pacific Islander, Special Needs)

*Provided funding is achieved. Minimum number of scholarships offered will be four (2 financial need, 2 diversity).

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS DECEMBER 1st, 2017

Scholarship recipients will receive full membership tuition for the Little GOLDen Book level ($327) for 2017 and FREE access ($297) to The Complete Picture Book Submissions System.**

Deadline to apply is December 1st, 2017.

Winners will be announced January 1st, and recipients will receive instructions for accessing all of the membership benefits.

**Provided funding is achieved to include The Complete Picture Book Submissions System. All scholarship recipients will receive, at a minimum, full Little GOLDen Book tuition.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILTY

Eligibility for Financial Need scholarships:

Any picture book writer/illustrator from any country in the world who would otherwise not be able to join 12 x 12 due to the cost is invited to apply. Applicants must be over the age of 18, unpublished, and should not have agent representation.

The picture book manuscript must be an original work written in English containing no more than 1000 words for fiction or 1500 words for narrative nonfiction. Back matter may be submitted with your manuscript, but is not included in the word count. Please specify the intended age range for manuscript (i.e. 0-4, 4-8, etc.). The manuscript may not be under contract.

 Guidelines:

All applications will be accepted via email only between November 1st, 2017 – December 1st, 2017 at kelli@juliehedlund.com and the following must be included in the body of the email:

  1. An autobiographical statement and career summary in 250 words or fewer.
  2.  A short statement describing the nature of the financial need/circumstances in 250 words or fewer.
  3.  A query letter for the manuscript you are submitting with your application.
  4. Pitches for two additional completed picture books.

 Attached to the email:

  1.  The full text of one picture book manuscript, attached as a Word document

Eligibility for Diversity scholarships:

Any picture book writer/illustrator from any country in the world with Ethnic, Cultural, and/or other backgrounds underrepresented in the canon of children’s picture book literature (American Indian, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Middle Eastern or Muslim, Pacific Islander, Special Needs). Applicants must be over the age of 18, unpublished, and should not have agent representation.

The picture book manuscript must be an original work written in English containing no more than 1000 words for fiction or 1500 words for narrative nonfiction. Back matter may be submitted with your manuscript, but is not included in the word count. Please specify the intended age range for manuscript (i.e. 0-4, 4-8, etc.). The manuscript may not be under contract.

 Guidelines:

All applications will be accepted via email only between November 1st, 2017 – December 1st, 2017 at kelli@juliehedlund.com and the following must be included in the body of the email:

  1.  An autobiographical statement and career summary in 250 words or fewer
  2. A short statement describing why your work will bring an underrepresented voice to children’s picture books in 250 words or fewer
  3. A query letter for the manuscript you are submitting with your application
  4. Pitches for two additional completed picture books.

Attached to the email:

  1. The full text of one picture book manuscript, attached as a Word document
WINNER'S WALL

WINNER'S WALL

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